Assassination of nuclear physicist could hinder Biden’s negotiations with Iran

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The assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may be another attempt by the administration of US President Donald Trump and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnyahu to increase pressure on Iran and complicate negotiations on Tehran’s return to the nuclear deal. This was announced on November 28 by the Axios portal.

“The Trump administration has made no secret of its desire to make it difficult for (US presidential candidate Joe) Biden to resume talks with Iran and re-join the 2015 nuclear deal. Part of these efforts are sanctions, covert operations and threats of a military strike, ”the authors of the article say.

The murder of the head of the research and innovation organization of the Ministry of Defense of Iran, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as a result of the assassination attempt became known on November 27.

The attack on the scientist took place in the city of Absard in Tehran province. He was fatally injured in the explosion and gunfire.

According to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Israel may be involved in the assassination of Fakhrizade.

In 2008, an Iranian nuclear physicist came under US economic sanctions as the author of Iranian nuclear technology.

In 2015, Iran, USA, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany signed the JCPOA. He limited the development of the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the gradual lifting of the UN Security Council sanctions from the Islamic Republic. Tehran admitted IAEA observers to the country’s nuclear facilities for 25 years. All enriched uranium must be removed from Iran, and the maximum permissible enrichment level must be set.

In 2018, the American side withdrew from the treaty, arguing that it did not sufficiently regulate the development and containment of Iran’s nuclear program, restored some sanctions against Iran and introduced new ones, and on May 8, 2019, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran was suspending the fulfillment of some of its obligations on the nuclear deal.

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